The big Burrito Restaurant Group newsletter | February 2019

New Year's Eve

Valentine's weekend with big Burrito


For Valentine’s this year, we’ve got three nights of special menus to choose from: Thursday-Saturday, February 14-16. Here's a short summary with links to each.


The four courses in Chef Gardner’s menu range from Roasted Vegetable Salad with sumac labneh, through Prime Strip of Beef to Butterscotch Pot de Crème with raspberries and white chocolate brittle. A tour of Europe wine pairing is also available. [reservations]


Chef Lily Tran's four course menu has a vegetarian choice in each, inviting guests to choose between Berkshire Pork Tonkatsu or Cashew Cream & Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings, among other delicious quandaries. [reservations]


Chef Eli Wahl presents two separate Valentine’s menus. The Chef’s Tasting features Black Truffle Cavatelli with foie gras cream and hen of the woods mushrooms, Swordfish with gnocchi sardi, and more. The Chef’s Vegetarian Tasting includes Smoked Carrots with lentil beignets, and a Carrot Cake dessert with coconut caramel sauce. [reservations]

More big Valentine options


Chef Sons adds four Valentine-weekend only dishes to the daily menu, including Chilean Sea Bass with chipotle tomato broth, or Wild Mushroom and black bean Wellington with mushroom duxelle. [reservations]

Mad Mex

It’s delicious as it is awkward: Bring Your Ex to Mad Mex for our 2 for $40 Dinner. Plus, $7 Big Azz Margaritas all day. February 14th only, future-Exes also welcome. No reservations necessary.


Mr. Shu's book is filling up, but there are still seats available before 5:30 and after 9. [reservations]


Announcing Alta Via

Coming in March, 2019

big Burrito is bringing modern Italian dining to Fox Chapel! Inspired by the healthy dining and lifestyle of both northern Italy and California wine country, our new concept takes its name from the footpath through the Dolomites.

A complete demo and rebuild of the restaurant space is well under way, including a new dining area for around 90 and a large horseshoe-shaped bar. Chef Bill Fuller and Alta Via Executive Chef Ben Sloan's opening menu will be built around fresh house-made pasta, vegetable-forward dishes, fabulous fish and all the amazing things we can do with big Burrito's first wood fired hearth.

Our wine list will include a few dozen carefully chosen vintages. Cocktails will steer toward classic, and digestivos will anchor the dessert menu. We'll also have two flavors of soft serve house-made gelato each day.

See this page for our press release, along with links to follow our progress on social media. See you in March!


Chinese New Year at Soba

Monday-Sunday, February 4-10

Soba is celebrating the holiday with an old school Chinese dim sum menu. A wide assortment of smaller plates and steamers gives you an opportunity to try a variety of dishes and share with your tablemates.

Each place will be set with chopsticks, a checklist menu and a sharp golf pencil to make your choices. But don’t worry – this is not a test. You don’t need to decide your full meal right away. Dim sum is best eaten round-by-round fresh from the steamers.

Dishes include Roasted Squash Dumplings, Mao Braised Pork Belly, Hamachi Prosperity Salad, and Chinese New Year Cake. Recommended wine pairings are on the menu, but our full bar menu will also be available. See the menu here.

Mad Mex

Nectar of the Tröegs

January 31-February 14, unless we run out

For a limited time, enjoy these two classic brews from the Trogner bros in oversized 22oz drafts for $5, or half off pints at Happy Hora.

Nugget Nectar is a seasonal, imperial, eagerly awaited amber ale. Heavy on sweet German malts you would otherwise find in rich Oktoberfests, this 93 IBU brew gets its bitter hop punch from fresh Nugget hops in the hopback vessel, imparting pine, citrus pith and mango flavors. ABV: 7.5%

DreamWeaver Wheat's first review on BeerAdvocate was posted way back in 2004. "shapudding" described it as "Incredibly smooth, almost thick, but yet soooo drinkable. Tastes of bananas, very light white wine spritzer, and slight citrus." Well said, pudding. ABV: 4.8%

Dia de la Groundhog

GroundhogThis year, we went all KonMari on our annual Groundhog Day promo and narrowed it down to the result that brings the most joy. If Phil sees his shadow, it's $7 Big Azz Margaritas! If he sees no shadow, it's $7 Big Azz Margaritas! All flavors, rocks or frozen, all day long.

Also, Pittsburgh area Mad Mex locations are heating up Groundhog Day with a special hot cocktail. Phil's Shadow Cider combines our house-mulled apple cider with Wigle's Phil's Shadow—rye whiskey aged in maple syrup barrels. Served in a coffee mug for day-drinking on the sly.


National Margarita Week

February 18-22

One day is not enough to express our love of margaritas. Kaya is taking the liquid magic conjured when fruit juice meets tequila and pouring it across five days. Choices include Margarita de Lujo Corralejo with Triple Destilado Reposado, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier, and our Spicy Cucumber Margarita with habanero-infused El Jimador Blanco. See all five new margaritas here.


 big Burrito Benefit Dinners

February 2019

We hope you can join us as we give back to our communities with these special benefit dinners. Follow the links for more about these organizations, or request an evening for your cause.

Casbah February 28 Pittsburgh Glass Center
Eleven February 11 Laughlin Children's Center
Soba February 12 Venture Outdoors
Mad Mex Robinson February 19 Moon Township Library Friends
Mad Mex Shadyside February 5 Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
  February 26 TJ Arts

Dinner with Neighbors

A new series of benefits held in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

Casbah February 10 Brunch

 Torno Presto

big Chef Bill Fuller, February 2019

Chef Bill is busy getting his modern Italian on, but he'll be back at soon!

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